“With my voice… I am calling you…” purrs Nick Cave to the spooky, rumbling backdrop of album opener Jesus Alone sounding like he’s in a literal cave. And that’s as cheerful as it gets for the next 33 minutes. Understandable, really, given it was mostly recorded after the death of his young son. But you know how sometimes you just need a good cry? How ‘emotion’ is just a tank inside you and you need sometimes to lunge desperately towards an internal faucet and let it all out? Cave is the dark prince of making you Extremely Sad, the kind of sobbing and heaving that makes people on trains ask if you’re okay. Skeleton Tree is brilliant – the writing dense and honest – and Cave’s voice is cracked and bleeding and properly heart-breaking.
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